• by vinux

The unique material of Yixing-purple sand has created our excellent craftsmen, which has become the business card of Yixing-the capital of pottery. The precious wealth and exquisite handicrafts created by them are the proofs of craftsmanship and quality. Therefore, purple sand is a special quality, a craftsmanship, a quality and a moral.

Many people buy purple sand teapots and ask what they like about them, but can’t explain why. Some say that the tea brewed in the teapot has a mellow and thick taste, while some say that purple sand has special material. In fact, all these statements are correct. But these are just surface advantages. Let’s talk about its inner advantages today!

Cultural Identification

To start with culture, what is culture? For example, Chinese people use chopsticks, drink tea, write in Chinese characters and celebrate Chinese New Year. Of course the use of purple clay teapots is also part of these cultures.

Is it good to use chopsticks? Of course, there is a theoretical framework for developing the brain nowadays, but did Chinese people really use chopsticks in order to develop their brains? Or did people who ate with chopsticks in ancient times know that it had the effect of developing their brains? Evidently the efficacy theory doesn’t stand firm and it can easily be refuted.

Culture has another layer of meaning, which is the norms that we need to observe. When you see your dad at home, you should be respectful; when you sit down at the dinner table, there are certain manners that you should follow. These don’t necessarily have any special characteristics or functions, but we still need to do them. When visiting a temple, one needs to burn incense and bow, without needing to ask why. This is another kind of restraint enforced by culture.

I believe that using a purple-clay teapot is a cultural recognition. I am Chinese, I have culture or at least I want to become a bit cultured. I like the way of life appreciated by ancient literati and scholars. I appreciate some essences of Chinese culture, so I love purple-clay teapots.

The charm of craftsmanship.

What is your feeling when you hold a stainless steel pot and a purple clay teapot? One is cold while the other is warm. Is that just the difference of their materials? If you understand how a teapot is made, how much effort and how many tools needed to make it with one’s own hands, transforming an ore stone deposited two or three hundred million years ago into a purple clay teapot finally arriving in your hands, what kind of feeling would you have when you touch it?

First of all, the craftsmanship of different people who are integrated varies. Setting aside the style and spirit, without talking about the intricacies, the craftsmanship condensed by both sides is somewhat different.

I think zisha (purple clay) is one of the best-crafted teaware currently being produced. Making a zisha pot using traditional techniques with all kinds of tools has already been amazing. There are more human factors involved. And it makes sense that things that can reflect the human factor are highly sought after now.

It gives me a feeling of fondness. Putting aside the functional aspects of purple sand and talking about it, I feel more open.